We publish a lot of opportunities, and every now and then we see one that raises a few eyebrows and generates a few chuckles. Here is a collection of 10 of the most unusual we have published.
#1 Taking the p**s
We recently published an opportunity for a client who was looking for a supplier to collect calf urine & kidney samples.
#2 Why did the crab cross the road?
Never mind zebra crossings; the successful bidder was required to provide plans for crab bridges for use during the red crab migration.
#3 Collecting croc eggs
Poached, scrambled or sunny side up. Up north in Australia, we have an organisation who were on the hunt for a service that collects saltwater croc eggs.
#4 One for nutters
The request was on the lookout for specialists to help with the de-nutting of coconut palm trees. No mention of whether the bidders went nuts for that one.
#5 Koalas on the move
Bidders were required prove expertise in tree climbing and koala flagging in a project that formed part of a highway upgrade.
#6 Do not pass go
Go directly to jail. A recent RFP sought designs for mobile prison cells. The Prisoner Modules were required to be fitted on the back of vehicles after the appropriate testing.
#7 Crocs for sale
We have had bidders keen to take a bunch of live crocs, captured as part of a Saltwater Crocodile Management Program.
#8 Don’t bomb out
Geraldton ignited some interest when seeking “suitably qualified contractors to conduct an Unexploded Ordnance Survey.”
#9 Calling old flames
Love to set things alight? Then you’d have been burning with ambition to win the tender for self-propelled incendiary flares. That one attracted heated bidding, apparently.
#10 Keep the condoms coming
Contracts to restock the condom vending machines at prisons. With scope to grow the business, as the contract not only looks at current machines, but future installation and the “responsible” removal of waste condoms.
For organisations who operate in the ‘niche,’ these notifications are an ideal way to shake out interested bidders, many of whom would not be on their radar. And if their radar needs to be maintained, well, you guessed it …